Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Fire Erupts at High-Rise Hotel in Downtown Center, Officials Say:
DUBAI – As folks assembled for the party in the Address complex, including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa the fire erupted. The resort, including high-end homes, is situated close to the skyscraper, the centerpiece for an extravagant fireworks display made to ring in the brand new year.
The media office in the city declared on Twitter that at least 14 people were slightly injured, one was fairly injured and one man suffered a heart attack. In spite of the circumstances in the Address Hotel, the nearby New Year’s Eve party went as intended.
Several guests told The Washington Post the evacuation was nicely arranged. Nevertheless, our room was full of smoke,” said one 47-year old tourist who didn’t wish to be named, including that the “evacuation was incredibly professional” and carried out by hotel security staff.
About an hour before the midnight fireworks that were planned, the media office in Dubai said that the New Year’s Eve parties would go and that about 90 percent of the blaze was under control.
The Address, limited through an iconic fin layout, is part of the complex anchored by the Burj Khalifa and including palm-lined paths, lagoons, a huge mall as well as a “dancing fountain” programmed to send enormous jets of water choreographed to music.
It’s unclear what caused the fire, which the media office in Dubai said began on the 20th floor. Videos as well as pictures from the scene are being broadly shared on social networking.